March 21, 2019
Originally founded in Edmonton in 2011, Redemptive Developments hires vulnerable people who face barriers to employment, such as those who are transitioning out of homelessness, at a Living Wage to work alongside the general public in its mattress recycling, junk removal service Junk 4 Good, and run the second-hand furniture store Salvage.
Between these three operations, Redemptive Developments has offset more than 1,300 tonnes of waste in the past year.
“We wanted to find ways to give people a stepping stone back into the workforce,” says Bretton Hammond, Director of Business Development. “Even just down to meaningful activity – the need for something important to do every day, which helps improve mental and physical health and even battle addiction.”
This year, Redemptive Developments is expanding to Calgary with a new plant opening on April 1. “Operating in Edmonton, we realized how the business issues we’re attempting to resolve here – the need for junk removal, mattress recycling – are not exclusive to our city.”
“The provincial and municipal governments across Alberta are steering towards waste reduction, and we felt our services were a perfect fit to work with the government to generate employment and reinvest in the community.”
For Bretton, the best part of his job is seeing employment become a catalyst for transformative change. Redemptive Developments is hoping to enter a “rapid growth stage” including expansion to British Columbia and adding renovations to its service offerings, in partnership with another non-profit.
“It’s not easy, but it’s amazing.”
To learn more about Redemptive Developments’ operations, click here.
Contact 1-844-JUNK4GOOD to inquire about junk removal for your home or business.
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Check out Redemptive Developments’ Sustainability Profile on the REAP website.